Autumn is widely renowned as one of the most beautiful and homey seasons out there. From the starting up of fireplaces and the donning of plaid scarves to the changing of leaves and the cool breezes that send them flying everything is...well... aesthetic. But for some of us who struggle with disorders like general, clinical, or bipolar depression, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (ironically enough forming the acronym "SAD" Autumn brings more than just good Instagram pictures, and not all of it is pretty. Luckily, there are a few ways to help combat the negative affects of colder weather, and I'm here to share them with you.
Light Therapy and Dawn Simulators
One of the most obvious choices treatments, simply getting more light can help ease the autumn and winter months for those struggling. While you could just spend some time outside, for many with day jobs or those in extremely cold climates, that just doesn't work. Luckily, there are light therapy boxes for just that reason. By mimicking natural light these nifty inventions can help "let a little light back in" so to speak. If the idea of spending a few hours in front of a weird looking lamp doesn't appeal to you, there is an alternative that has been shown to be just as effective: dawn simulators. A type of alarm clock, these devices use the power of light to slowly wake you from your sleep. Starting extremely dim they gradually get lighter and lighter until you are awakened to a "fully risen sun" in your own room!
Aromatherapy is already widely known as an easy way to lesson all sorts of emotional ailments. Adding a few drops of essential oils to your bath, or purchasing a diffuser is an easy way to stimulate or calm certain parts of your brain, helping to boost your mood and calm your anxiety.
Get More Vitamin D
Another super easy way to combat SAD is to visit your local drugstore and pick up a bottle of Vitamin D. Take on tablet a day and within a few weeks many people, myself included, notice a subtle shift in your mood. While it doesn't cure depression by any means, it's certainly useful as a coping mechanism.
All of these subtle shifts can help minimize or even completely block out the mental shifts that often accompany the changing of the seasons, and if you're anything like me, you're willing to try anything.
Happy Fall! ?